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Families affected by imprisonment

The Families Affected by Imprisonment Project is a partnership between Leicester City Council, Leicestershire County Council, Rutland County Council, Leicestershire Police, Schools, Probation and the Violence Reduction Network.

It was established in January 2021 to improve the support available to families who have a loved one in prison: we know that having a family member in custody is really tough for those on the outside and we want to make sure that families can get help and support during this time.

Local services

  • The Ebb Leicester
    Offering Adult Peer Support groups for anyone aged 18+ with a someone in the criminal justice system and Friendly Place Mondays Clubs for children with a family member in prison.  For more information visit The Ebb Leicester's Facebook page or email ebbleicester@gmail.com.
  • The Straight Path Resettlement Project
    Multi-lingual (Urdu, Gujarati, Punjabi) advice, guidance and support (practical and emotional, faith and spiritual) and community chaplaincy.  Open to all and specialising in supporting BAME families and communities.  Find out how to make a referral online at khidmah.org/events/resettlement-project.  Alternatively email thestraightpath@khidmah.org or telephone 07512 066 734.

National services

  • The Prisoners’ Families Helpline
    Practical information, emotional support or referrals to additional support as required on all aspects of the justice system. Contact: 0808 808 2003 or email info@prisonersfamilies.org or visit the website - prisonersfamilies.org

    If you have urgent concerns about the safety of a prisoner, please report this to the prison safer custody team directly.

Other information sources

    • PACT
      PACT's website prisonadvice.org.uk is full of useful information including a prison visitors’ guides, videos to watch and books to download for children and information on all aspects of the criminal justice system. 

    • Spurgeons – How to tell children
      Top tips for families with a loved one in prison including advice on how, what and when to tell children is available at spurgeons.org/top-tips-forfamilies
       
    • GOV.UK
      Official government information on everything to do with prisons including a full list of prisons, ways to stay in touch with a prisoner, how to send money to a prison, how to get help with the cost of visiting.  Further information is available at gov.uk/browse/justice/prisonsprobation
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